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I'm looking for ways to install, firefox-89.0.tar.bz2 for example, on Fedora 34, and I can't figure out a way to do it.. So how would I install a .tar.bz2 archive in Fedora, or RHEL based distros?

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  • Why not use Firefox from the Fedora distro?
    – rickhg12hs
    Jun 7 at 12:56
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    I just wanted to tryout the new release.. and found out that the latest it's not running yet as good as the the current 88.0.1. Compared to Arch, where the 89.0 just rips.. So I guess, I just wanted to experiment.
    – robinhood
    Jun 7 at 13:00
  • firefox-89.0-1.fc34 has been built so I expect it should appear in the repos soon. If the performance isn't good, perhaps you could file a bugzilla report.
    – rickhg12hs
    Jun 7 at 17:28
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  1. Close firefox.
  2. Navigate to the directory that contains the file.
  3. Open a terminal in the directory (depending on your DE, you can right-click and select 'Open terminal').
  4. Type tar xjf firefox-*.tar.bz2 (note that you need to substitute the * with the version of firefox you have downloaded; i.e. the filename).
  5. Run the firefox script which is inside the folder that was created during extraction.

EDIT: please try the steps under. Be warned: this might mean that you will have to manually update firefox for every new version.

  1. Open up a terminal and write sudo dnf remove -y firefox.
  2. Type unlink /usr/bin/firefox to unlink the symlink (if there is one).
  3. Type cd /usr/local.
  4. Download firefox to the current folder using wget http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/firefox/releases/89.0/linux-x86_64/en-US/firefox-89.0.tar.bz2.
  5. Extract the tarball using tar xvjf firefox-89.0.tar.bz2.
  6. Source firefox to make it accessible from anywhere using sudo ln -s /usr/local/firefox/firefox /usr/bin/firefox.
  7. Reboot.
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  • I've done this, before posting this question, I've seen it on youtube, but unfortunately it didn't work for me. You are basically saying that after extracting the tar archive and running the firefox script from that directory, that should somehow integrate it on the system, and update my actual version of firefox? I'm asking because I wanna understand how this works.
    – robinhood
    Jun 5 at 18:57
  • The procedure to extracting is always the same. Sometimes you need to chmod the content of the tarball in order to be able to run it. The script is just something that executes a piece of code that is meant to do something on the system it is being executed on. What error do you get when trying to run the firefox script?
    – telometto
    Jun 6 at 6:48
  • I am not getting any error, but my firefox_88 doesn't upgrade to version 89 - which I'm trying to get for Fedora.
    – robinhood
    Jun 6 at 14:08
  • I have updated my answer. Please check the edit.
    – telometto
    Jun 6 at 19:52
  • I have found this set of instructions yesterday on a website while searching for this, before seeing your answer. It works perfectly. Thanks anyway.
    – robinhood
    Jun 7 at 4:50

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